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Hello 2020

Happy New Year one and all!

After a fantastically full-on Christmas period we would like to take this opportunity to wish our customers a Happy New Year and thank you all for your loyalty and ongoing support throughout 2019.

Last year was yet another busy and successful year for The Bull with lots of exciting events taking place which were hugely popular with our customers.

2019 saw the launch of our Wine Club where members were treated to wine tasting evenings, giving them the opportunity to sample our new wine lists throughout the seasons. Wine was also the focus for many of our other events this year, including our first ever ‘Battle of the Bottles’ night and our Ridgeview Wine Supper. Both events were highly successful and we look forward to holding similar events in 2020.

We continued to support our partner charity, Albion in The Community, throughout 2019 and raised funds by taking part in their ‘Blue and White Day’ and hosting a ‘Meet the Legends’ evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by the many Albion fans who attended.

The summer months saw many more busy days and nights with the reopening of our legendary ‘Shack’, outdoor cinema and two truly buzzing evenings with DJ Danny M who bought Ibiza to the heart of Ditchling. The kitchen garden also continued to bloom throughout the summer months and we were able to grace our menu with our lovingly homegrown ingredients.

At the end of the summer, in September, we were absolutely thrilled to be crowned the winners of two awards at the annual Great British Pub Awards. We took home the awards for ‘Best Garden’ and ‘Best Freehouse’ for the third time. Winning the industry ‘Oscars’ once again capped an amazing two years for us at The Bull, following our significant renovation and expansion program that took place during 2017-18.

So, how are we going to top all that in 2020? Well, we have lots up our sleeves for the new year and plan to continue to strive for the very best for our customers including new and exciting events, a superior, locally sourced menu and as always, providing our unique friendly atmosphere which we are famous for.

Here’s to 2020 – we look forward to seeing you all very, very soon!

Join us for our ‘Wine Producer Supper’

Next month, On Thursday 6th February, from 7pm, we will be holding our ‘Wine Producer Supper’. Hosted by our friends at Hennings Wine Merchants, we will be celebrating the end of ‘Dry January’ in style.

The evening will introduce guests to some of the wines produced by the ‘Waterkloof Winery’ near Gordon’s Bay in South Africa.

Paul and Louis Boutinot, the Father and Son team behind the winery, will be joining us for the evening talking our guests through the wine offered at each course. Paul founded Waterkloof in 2004 and has since transformed the estate into a biodiverse winery using the areas natural elements to create these superior organic wines.

Guests will be treated to a delicious 4 course supper with each course being perfectly paired with white and red wines from the estate.

Tickets are £49pp and are available by calling the team on 01273 843147 or by emailing:

What a result!

As many of you were aware, throughout December we were very busy fundraising for our partner charity Albion in the Community.

During the festive period we asked our generous customers for a discretionary £2 donation on every food bill, raised funds at our Christmas Carols Evening and donated the proceeds from general admission tickets to our New Year’s Eve party.

We are now delighted to announce that we raised an extraordinary £4000 in total.

This is a fantastic new year’s boost for the charity who deliver high-quality, accessible opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. The charity runs more than 30 sessions for people with disabilities and provides free weekly football and mentoring sessions for young people living in areas of deprivation. Each session costs between £2500 and £5000 a year to run so fundraising initiatives such as these really help them to make all the amazing work they do possible.

The pub and the charity started their long-term partnership in December 2018 and since then we have hosted various fundraising events. These included us partaking in the charity’s ‘Blue and White day’ in March where we raised funds through baking cakes and holding a raffle supported by local businesses. The pub also hosted a ‘Meet the Legends Night’ in October where they held a ticketed question and answer session with Guy Butters and Danny Cullip which was thoroughly enjoyed by Albion fans and admirers of the veteran players.

On behalf of everyone here at The Bull and the team at Albion in the Community we would like to thank each and every one of you who have helped us raise money for the charity this year. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and this would not be possible without your incredible kindness and generosity.

Beers, Balls and Banter Back at The Bull

Following on from the incredible Rugby World Cup last year, the Six Nations tournament is now upon us and we will be showing all the fixtures here at The Bull.

Starting on the 1st of February the tournament will continue throughout February and March and we’re inviting you to come on down to ours for some serious Beer, Balls and Banter action during the matches.

Matches will be shown on our flat screen TVs in either The Snug area or the Old Cookhouse. We’re even throwing in free snacks during any England games – what’s not to love?!

New Year, New Career?

Are you looking for a new adventure for 2020?

Would you like to work for ‘Britain’s Best Freehouse 2019’?

Then we’ve got some great news for you…

We are currently looking for chefs (of various levels) and front of house staff.

Candidates should have previous experience in a busy and high-volume pub or restaurant. Excellent communication and attention to detail are also a must and, due to our rural location, all applicants must have their own transport.


• Competitive salary packages.
• Contributions towards a private Pension plan, after a qualifying period.
• Recognised training, qualifications and career growth opportunities.
• A rewarding bonus scheme for senior team members.

You will be supported by a passionate and experienced team, fantastic systems and some of the most amazing suppliers.

If you are passionate about hospitality and food, have previous experience and are looking for exciting new opportunities, then we want to hear from you!

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to: or call 01273 843147

#TryJanuary at The Bull

Have you heard about ‘Try January’?

Each January at The Bull we like to encourage our customers to partake in a national initiative called ‘Try January’ which aims to spark positivity at the start of the year and encourages people to try new food and drink

Rather than stay indoors or stick to ‘the usual’, Try January intends to lift people’s mood at the start of the year by getting experimental with food and drink.

So why not come in and sample something you’ve never tried before? As always, we will be offering our customers an interesting and varied food and drinks menu this January which will give you all the opportunity to expand your repertoire.

Perhaps you could change your perception of a British classic by trying our ‘Venison Scotch Eggs with dijonnaise’ or enhance your dessert experiences by sampling our ‘Tonka Bean Fudge’. If you are meat free or are having a shot at ‘veganuary’ why not ask our staff to advise you of the delicious vegan options available daily on our menu – we guarantee that they will inspire you to devour more vegan food in the future.

If you always stick to the same drink choices, make sure you take the time to investigate our extensive drinks menu. All our drinks are carefully selected by our experienced team to ensure that all our customers encounter a truly unique drinking experience when they visit us. With 13 crafted beers available, including beers from our very own Bedlam Brewery, and over 20 wines poured by the glass, we can guarantee that there will always be something new for you to try here at The Bull.

The most important message of Try January is: Have fun. Life is exciting. Experiencing different foods and drinks for a month shouldn’t be a hardship, it should be something you can flex to your lifestyle – whatever your selections.

We welcome you to the wine club

Last year we launched an exclusive, members only wine club – curated by us in collaboration with our friends at Hennings Wine Merchants, and the award-winning wine estate, Ridgeview.

After a hugely successful first year, we are now looking to expand our club and would love you to become one of our members.

Being a member of the club provides you with the following benefits:

• A complimentary ticket to two ‘members only’ wine tasting events.
• 7 day advanced purchase on all other wine events held throughout the year.
• A 10% discount on all still wines (over £35).
• An exclusive 15% discount at Hennings online store.
• An exclusive ‘Members Only’ tour and tasting at a local vineyard.

Sound interesting?

For more information and to register your interest follow the ‘Wine Club’ link on our website at:

Spaces are limited but any interest registered will go directly onto our waiting list and we will invite guests on the list to become members. An annual fee of £25 is payable when reserving your place in the club.

We look forward to welcoming you into the club.

Calling all the lovers out there…

The most romantic night of the year is quickly approaching and this year it falls on a Friday…

Where better to treat the one you love than here with us at The Bull. With cosy corners, stunning dining areas and a romantic atmosphere, we really are the place to be this Valentine’s Day.

Get ahead of the rest and head to our website now to book a table Click here. However, don’t be disheartened if our online booking system says we are full, give us a call on: 01273 843147 as we often rearrange our tables to accommodate for all of our coupled-up customers.

As it’s a Friday, why not make the most of the weekend and book a romantic stay in one of our six, bespoke, 5* rated bedrooms. Curl up with your beau on one of our luxury beds and truly indulge yourselves this Valentine’s day.

Rooms are also bookable via our website by clicking here or give us a call on 01273 843147 and a member of the team would be delighted to take your booking.

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